Consumer Reports rated my carseat very low. Is it safe?
All carseats currently sold must pass minimum government requirements. Consumer Reports has its own methodology and does not discuss how they derive their crash test ratings or how their ratings relate to the risk of injury. They also conceal their results in colored circles, which don’t tell you exactly how much safer a top-rated model is compared to a lower-rated one. Also, a carseat that worked for the dummies on the car benches at Consumer Reports may not fit well in your vehicle or with your child. A carseat should be safe if it fits your child, fits your vehicle, and you use it correctly every time. Also, please see our Carseat Buying Guide.